Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Evidence for Oldest Popcorn in South America Discovered
Live Science ^ | 01/20/12 | Remy Melina

Posted on 01/21/2012 3:44:10 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Evidence for Oldest Popcorn in South America Discovered

Remy Melina, LiveScience Staff Writer

Date: 20 January 2012 Time: 10:50 AM ET

They may not have had television sets, but ancient Peruvians did share one part of our movie-watching culture: popcorn. Researchers have found evidence that societies living along the coast of Peru were eating the air-filled snack about 1,000 years earlier than previously estimated — even predating the use of ceramic pottery.

Corn husks, stalks, cobs and tassels (pollen-producing flowers on corn) dating from 6,700 to 3,000 years ago were unearthed at Paredones and Huaca Prieta, two sites on Peru's northern coast, by American and Peruvian researchers. "The evidence was unearthed during the past three years," study researcher Dolores Piperno, curator of New World archaeology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and emeritus staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, told LiveScience. Map of where popcorn originated.

The characteristics of the corncobs suggest that the sites' ancient inhabitants prepared and ate corn in several ways, including making corn flour and popcorn.

The researchers also found corn microfossils containing starch grains and phytoliths, which are microscopic particles formed by plants and mainly composed of silicon dioxide. The Peruvian popcorn is the oldest macrofossil evidence for popcorn in South America. Despite the presence of these corn products, corn was still not an important part of the ancient people's diet, the researchers said.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; History; Science
KEYWORDS: corn; godsgravesglyphs; popcorn

1 posted on 01/21/2012 3:44:17 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster; SunkenCiv

Popcorn!


2 posted on 01/21/2012 3:44:53 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster

Who the hell cares.and how much did these “takers” get paid.


3 posted on 01/21/2012 3:51:01 AM PST by Sacajaweau
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster

Oh oh....The American Indians aren’t going to like this.


4 posted on 01/21/2012 3:53:43 AM PST by Sacajaweau
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster

What movie theater was it found in?


5 posted on 01/21/2012 3:53:58 AM PST by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lowbridge

6 posted on 01/21/2012 4:00:30 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (How bad would an Obama II administration be, without the constraints of re-election?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster

Coincidentally , I just made popcorn , came upstairs to watch Perry Mason via DVD , and this was the top thread ! Orville’s popped in Italian grapeseed oil sprinkled with a soupcon of salt . And a beer chaser ! : )


7 posted on 01/21/2012 4:22:15 AM PST by sushiman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster

I’ve always wondered how it is that the first person who made popcorn came to a) obtain the right kind of corn, b) happen to dry it to just the right moisture content, and c) think to heat it over dry heat, to make popcorn. Maybe a wildfire swept through their corn patch, after the corn was somewhat dry, and made popcorn, then the ancient farmer tried to duplicate the process under controlled conditions?

Making popcorn simply would not come to mind, if someone had never seen it before.


8 posted on 01/21/2012 4:36:48 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sushiman

Didn’t know we are telepathically connected.:-)


9 posted on 01/21/2012 4:47:15 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: exDemMom

Get a copy of Charles Mann’s recent book “1493.”


10 posted on 01/21/2012 5:14:09 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster

ATF has defined popcorn as explosive ammunition.


11 posted on 01/21/2012 6:04:55 AM PST by bunkerhill7 (Perupcorn? ? Who knew?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster; Renfield; Fred Nerks; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; ..

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks TigerLikesRooster. They probably had to invent it because there were already Demwits back then.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


12 posted on 01/21/2012 6:06:44 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: exDemMom

The discovery of popcorn is trivial compared with the discovery of, for example, making bread with yeast.


13 posted on 01/21/2012 6:17:44 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv; exDemMom
The discovery of popcorn is trivial compared with the discovery of, for example, making bread with yeast.

WHAT would FR be WITHOUT popcorn???

14 posted on 01/21/2012 6:53:24 AM PST by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster

“Wow. Without fire-retardant-dropping airplanes and water-dropping helicopters, it appears this lightning-caused fire has gotten out of control and is burning through Bob’s corn field. Look at what’s happening to the burning corn! It fluffs up! Does this give you any ideas?”

“Yeah, Let’s burn down Bob’s hut. I can’t stand the guy. He’s always showing off that new rock knife of his and my wife says it makes our wood knife look cheap.”


15 posted on 01/21/2012 7:02:31 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: exDemMom
Making popcorn simply would not come to mind, if someone had never seen it before.

Ogg: First, we make the fire.
Nog: What for?
Ogg: To make the popcorn.
Nog: What for?
Ogg: To have snack while watching DVD.
Nog: Oh.

16 posted on 01/21/2012 7:22:04 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv
The discovery of popcorn is trivial compared with the discovery of, for example, making bread with yeast.

The use of yeast has probably been around longer than making pop corn - by the way, I have nothing to back that up. Yeast was used at least as far back as biblical history goes, pop corn, according to the article, is thought to have been made as far back as 3,000 to 6,000 years, which almost is the same as "biblical history. Wonder which usage is oldest?

Thanks for the ping, I don't often comment on these threads unless I have a question.

17 posted on 01/21/2012 8:59:38 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Post 6. Not bad. Not surprised either, just get the pain over with early, quickly.


18 posted on 01/21/2012 9:04:02 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: exDemMom
Maybe a wildfire swept through their corn patch, after the corn was somewhat dry, and made popcorn, then the ancient farmer tried to duplicate the process under controlled conditions?

I'm sure that's what happened. Adding salt was just a natural reaction to enhance the bland taste but the addition of butter had to be divine intervention....

19 posted on 01/21/2012 9:09:22 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster
Evidence for Oldest Popcorn in South America Discovered

Additional research in the area has also uncovered what appear to be ancient boxes of Good N' Plenty and Milk Duds.

20 posted on 01/21/2012 9:23:41 AM PST by GreenHornet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hot Tabasco
Hot Tabasco said: "Adding salt was just a natural reaction to enhance the bland taste but the addition of butter had to be divine intervention...."

Which brings up the philosophical question, "Which came first? The salt or the butter?"

I think the answer is obvious... the butter comes first. Otherwise the salt won't stick to the popcorn.

21 posted on 01/21/2012 1:38:34 PM PST by William Tell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: William Tell
I think the answer is obvious... the butter comes first.

Now who the heck can argue with that.......Debate over before it even started....slam dunk!

22 posted on 01/21/2012 2:26:03 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster

That’s pretty impressive, actually, because it means they must have invented the microwave oven, too.


23 posted on 01/21/2012 2:31:12 PM PST by Billthedrill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

:’) We’ve had a lot of need for it these past two days. :’)


24 posted on 01/21/2012 4:19:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Graybeard58

I was just trying to contrast the nonintuitive steps to bread that had to be discovered somehow.

Popcorn would be easy to discover — a crappy ear of corn gets tossed in the fire, or some underdisciplined kids are throwing ears at each other, or (and I love this one), the roasting of other varieties of corn had been around a while before that, and the first to try roasting an ear of popcorn suspected nothing until...

:’)


25 posted on 01/21/2012 4:22:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Oh yeah. I jumped into one the other day. It is simply amazing how many people were so kind to remind me how narrow-minded and inconsequential I am.


26 posted on 01/21/2012 5:37:55 PM PST by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster
My uncle in Peru (he's from Germany and moved after WWII) has a popcorn farm there.


27 posted on 01/21/2012 5:42:21 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: exDemMom; TigerLikesRooster
Maybe a wildfire swept through their corn patch, after the corn was somewhat dry, and made popcorn, then the ancient farmer tried to duplicate the process under controlled conditions?

That sounds plausible. Popcorn (Zea mays praecox, a type of flint corn) will pop, even when still attached to the cob.

28 posted on 01/21/2012 5:42:53 PM PST by thecodont
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

:’) Consequential has more to do with how many people think the same way.

Alas, the trolls, they are not thinkers.


29 posted on 01/21/2012 6:12:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv; bigheadfred

30 posted on 01/23/2012 12:40:02 PM PST by colorado tanker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson